Nepal organic tea farmers deprived of state facilities

Organic tea farmers in Dhankuta, Nepal complained that they were deprived of state facilities as per the government’s plan.

The farmers said it has been eight years, but the Nepal government has yet to provide them organic fertiliser and subsidised loan, among others. They added that local farmers had been financially burdened after the government did not provide incentives for organic tea farming.

A local farmer Nil Bahadur Ghimire of Dhankuta Municipality said they were compelled to search for other alternatives as they could not run their families selling organic tea. He said there were three industries in Dhankuta. “Organic farmers are facing  problems as the government has yet to determine the price of organic and chemical tea,” he added.